The Flops
The Flops
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The Flops

Written and illustrated by Delphine Durand
Book #1 in the The Flops Series
Published by Enchanted Lion Books
Prices as of Oct 24

What's The Flops About

Publisher Summary

A cryptozoological kids book that not only introduces the scientific method but also emphasizes the importance of imagination and play. A book full of advice about how not to make a flop’s life hard! What is a flop? A flop is malleable, can’t make a telephone call on its own, can’t wear a collar, and many other things besides. There are also hundreds of different sorts of flops. In a humorous, pseudo-scientific guide, Delphine Durand creates a world teeming with flops, describing their characteristics and lifestyles with great humor and precision.

What Kind of Book is The Flops



    Full review

    "Much of the fun here is in the wordplay, and Durand and Klinger plainly had a ball converting Durand’s original French text (2015) into English. . . . Fans of counterfactual flights will flip for this flamboyant fancy."

    School Library Journal
    Travis Jonker
    Full review

    "Why It’s Unconventional: Well, for starters, it’s an extremely detailed guide to a creature that doesn’t exist. For seconds, the oddball humor and tone are unlike anything I’ve read."

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The Creative Behind the Book

    Delphine Durand

    Graduate of the ‘Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg’ in 1995, she is a French children’s books illustrator (and sometimes author). She has published about forty books (Nathan, Actes Sud, Rouergue, Helium, Milan, etc) in France, and in the US and UK (Random House, Penguin Books, Walker books, Candlewick)… Her books published in the US, as illustrator, include “The Snoops”, “Scritch Scratch”(author: Miriam Moss), “Beetle Boy” , “Peter Claus & the naughty list” (author: Lawrence David), “The house that Jill built” (author: Phyllis Root), etc… and have been translated in many countries. Some of her books published in France as author-illustrator have been translated into English: “My House” (WingedChariot-UK), “Bob & Co” (Tate publishing-UK), “The Flops” (Enchanted Lion Books-US). As an illustrator, her book “Big Rabbit’s bad mood” (author: Ramona Badescu) was translated in the US by Chronicle Books. She works for the press and advertising as well, and is the illustrator of the series “Mlle Zazie” (Edition Nathan) which has been adapted into an animated TV series (78 episodes). She is also the designer of the soft toys range “Les Schmouks” edited by Moulin Roty. She lives in Marseille. -> All informations (bibliography, exhibitions, selections and prices) here: -> Her website: -> Instagram:

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Book Details

Publication Date
June 14, 2018
Original Publication Date
April 15, 2015
Original Publisher
Text Details
The typography of this book is partly hand-drawn by the author-illustrator
Illustration Details
The artwork for this book was created with mixed techniques: gouache painting, felts, photos, photoshop.
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 99 years

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